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On May 30th, Bishop Gerald Barnes joined students, faculty and staff from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish School in Riverside for the celebration and blessing of the school’s new STREAM Lab, science classroom, playground, office, and parking lot renovation. Several city and business community leaders, including Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, came to support the new digs. Principal Ann Meier, Father Miguel Ceja, Parish Pastor, and Father Kien Kieu, Parochial Vicar, played key roles at the dedication event.

Bishop Gerald Barnes recognized 84 individuals for their dedication to church ministry with the St. Bernardine Award, Guadalupe Award, Pope John Paul II Youth Award, and the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Award at the Annual Diocesan Awards ceremony held on May 18 at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, San Bernardino.

Two priests of the Diocese of San Bernardino, Father Tom Burdick and Father Howard Lincoln, have been conferred by Pope Francis with the Pontifical Honor of Chaplain of His Holiness. Fr. Burdick, pastor of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Winchester, and Fr. Lincoln, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Palm Desert, now carry the title of Monsignor.  Bishop Gerald Barnes, who requested the pontifical honor for the two priests, publicly announced it at the Diocesan Awards Ceremony on May 18.

The Nicaraguan community and faithful of our diocese, both young and old, gathered at the Diocesan Pastoral Center for a Walk for Peace on May 11. After a blessing and a few words of hope from Dcn. Alfonso Martinez, the people gathered began to march together with prayer and songs to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

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The Department of Life, Dignity, and Justice held the annual Life, Dignity and Justice Conference,“Making Our World a Better Place” on May 9, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. Among the keynote and workshop speakers was the Rabbi Hillel Cohn, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Emmanu El, and Rev. Clarence Williams, CPPS, PhD. from Columbus, Ohio.

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